Posted by Avacashay
on 28 December 2012 - 08:50 PM
Let me start this off with a question... What kind of a guy is Matt Cassel? Good guy? Jerk? What? Don't know? How about Sam Bradford? How are his leadership skills? Is he respected by his teammates? Still nothing? What about Brandon Weeden? Got anything on him? No? Ryan Fitzpatrick maybe? Now why is it that people on this board don't seem to know as much about some of these other quarterbacks as they do about ours? The reason is pretty simple actually. You don't care. They're not important to your fanhood, so you don't think much about them. And why should you? It's not worth the effort to you really, is it? Now if, on the other hand, you lived in the Kansas City area, or Buffalo, or Cleveland, or Saint Louis, you'd likely hear plenty about these guys. In fact, they'd be the primary topic of conversation among the fanbase because quarterbacks generally are. And if they were slighted by the national media, you'd probably get in a huff about how they disrespected the quarterback of your team so unfairly. But of course, since you live here and you're a Panthers fan, you don't worry about those guys. And if you heard some random comment about them from the media, minus a frame of reference, you'd likely be inclined to believe it.
So knowing that, lemme ask you this...
Other than in our team rivals' cities, how much thought do you really think the rest of the country gives Cam Newton?
I'd wager the answer is probably about as much thought as you give Matt Flynn.
This is pure is BS
A Panther fan has no more reason to care about Sam Bradford or Blaine Gabbert than a Ram or Jaguar fans has to care about Cam, but look at the comment section in any Cam article and It would be filled with Rams fans, Jaguar fans and any other NFL team fan. Write a story about Matt Flynn and watch the tumbleweeds blow through. Why is that?
Any Cam story will generate high clicks and high comments. But somehow that equates to people not really caring? Writers don't make a living writing about things nobody cares about and the Panthers fan-base is not big enough for a national writer to cater too. So clearly these story aren't be written just for Panther fans.
You must be living in a bubble if you believe what you just posted.
Posted by Avacashay
on 27 December 2012 - 12:39 AM
Ok so the decision to bark at the referee and near get ejected is an example of stellar mental fortitude. Got it. Look, I'm a Cam fan just as much as any of you, but it was plain to see he was rattled and wasn't the cool and collected QB we saw over the last 5 int-free games. If the league's darling Brady did the same I'd say his mental state crumbled as well. Stop being so damned Cam sensitive
Are you more concerned with his manners or him leading you to the game icing field goal?
WTF does that INT have to do with the REF situation anyway?
Posted by Avacashay
on 16 November 2012 - 05:14 AM
You know, I kinda agree with that statement, no more bitching period!!! Let it play out, but "fire this guy". "Fire this guy". Getting tired of really.......
If everyone just shut up and "let it play out", what would be the point of a message board? When things are going good there is praise and when things are going bad there is bitching. That's sort of the point.
Posted by Avacashay
on 14 November 2012 - 12:38 AM
Panthers QB Cam Newton puts on a show worthy of kids’ respect By Tom Sorensen tsorensen@charlotteo bserver.com Posted: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 COLUMNISTS » Tom Sorensen
The lights go low, smoke pours, drums play and out of the giant Carolina Panther head runs quarterback Cam Newton.
A disclaimer: If you want to read about turnovers, towels, sacks, scrambles or a perceived absence of leadership, this is not the column for you.
Newton on Tuesday is different than I’ve seen him, and I’ve seen him in games, in locker rooms, behind lecterns, at practice, in a golf cart, at training camp, at Auburn and, when his clothing line was introduced, at Belk’s.
The reason for Tuesday’s festivities is a $150,000 gift from the Cam Newton Foundation to three Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. Bradley Middle School in Huntersville, Thomasboro Academy and Randolph Middle School in Charlotte each received $50,000.
The money is theirs to apply. Newton says he wants to develop a relationship with the schools and see how the kids are doing.
The principals know the money is coming. Almost nobody else in the gym does.
About 450 middle-school students from the three schools cram into the bleachers in the Randolph Middle School gym. When students see Newton they yell and scream. A few no longer can sit and they run to Newton, who is only a few yards away. Then a few more do. Then he’s engulfed.
As PR representatives wince, Newton moves not away from the kids but into the crowd.
“It’s not something I was forced to do,” Newton, 23, tells me later. “I wanted to do that.”
The Panthers prepared a script. Newton will talk for five to 10 minutes, some of it answering questions from radio play-by-play man Mick Mixon.
Newton has his own script, although he consults it only when he calls out an award-winning student by name. He talks about 30 minutes, the microphone in his right hand an extension of his arm.
Casual Cam in jeans, a sweat-suit jacket and sneakers, Newton works the room like a comedian. He shakes his head, looks up and looks down, strides and circles.
He talks to the football teams at Bradley and Randolph, inviting the quarterback of each to join him on the floor.
He also praises the National Junior Honor Society. And when he deems the response insufficient, he demands more applause. In a just world, honor societies would receive more applause.
He’s not morose, he’s not forlorn and he says “each and every” only once. This is not the guy we see in the locker room.
“It’s just life, man,” Newton says later as he sits atop a student’s desk in the school’s health education science lab, the walls of which feature slogans such as Be a Team Player, Be Able to Ignore Unkind Words and Get the Facts about Media Influence.
“You come to grips with what’s important … I want to continually let my impact grow on this community,” Newton says.
Newton paces the gym floor, the six baskets and backboards folded up on the ceiling, superintendent of schools Heath Morrison in a chair at courtside. Newton calls academic, science and Special Olympic award winners down from the bleachers, asks questions, tells jokes, and when he finishes tells them to “sit on down, sit, sit, sit.”
He asks what they want to be when they grow up.
A vet, one student says. A doctor, says another. A football coach, says a third.
Wonderful, says Newton. But you can’t be any of these things if you don’t stay in school. He says that when he was in middle school (outside Atlanta) his favorite subject was math.
Newton invokes Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, Rhianna, Steve Smith, Justin Bieber (a few boos), President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. What do they have in common? They worked to attain what they have.
Ignore education and your opportunities are limited, Newton says. Get an education and they’re limitless.
Still moving, still pacing and still covering ground, Newton seemingly makes eye contact with every student in the bleachers.
“I know there’s a lot of talent going unnoticed,” Newton says later from the science lab. “Whether it’s singing or playing a particular sport or kids that might be geniuses, kids might be scared to come out of their shell.
“I want to make it cool to be smart. Make it cool to show yourself and show people who you really are.”